Thursday, 24 January 2013

My Favourite Online Workouts

If you live anywhere like where I live, you won't be able to  go for a run whenever you want to because of the weather. Rain, hail, sleet- you name it, and it's summer here. When I wanna work out on these days I could go to the gym, but I'm just not loving the gym at the moment. So I invested in a pair of adjustable dumbells, and have been doing a whole lot of you tube video workouts.

 Here are my top ones:

I try to get some cardio in on days when I can't run.

This next one is a KILLER (I got the shakes and a headache after), and I would only do it every now and then. It claims to burn 1000 calories (a normal workout would be 200-400 calories.)

Oh Abs, how hard you are to attain! I'm doing core workouts nearly every day, and s.l.o.w.l.y seeing results. Apart from the vanity of wanting a toned tummy, core strength is really important for every day life and fitness. You can't ignore it in your exercise routine.
Because many people find the tummy to be a trouble area, there are HEAPS of core workout videos out there. Just remember to do a video that has cardio in it, or do it after cardio (cos you need to burn fat to reduce tummy size, to get abs.)

This guy is a little crazy, but your abs will be burning after, so worth it.

This is cool because there is a 'beginner' and 'advanced' model you can watch to adjust your moves.

Upper Body
I like working my upper body for a few reasons. 1) For my job (sign language interpreting) having good strength and flexibility is really important to reduce injury. 2) This is an area I can easily see improvement (yes I have vain tendencies.)

Here's an upper body workout with cardio thrown in.

This next one is a killer, but so good

All over flexibility and toning
I often do more Pilates/yoga based training on a day where I need a bit of a rest.

This one might look easy, but ouch, I was hurting the next day

Here's one that will focus a bit on your legs

I don't do any training specifically for my legs. Mostly because the legs get worked out in most other types of workouts anyway. And I see running as a workout for my legs too.

You can see I like Fitness Blender's workouts! They suit my needs, and let me work out hard without leaving my own home. Oh and they aren't boring, so I don't lose focus. But there are heaps of different types of online workouts out there, so find something that suits you!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

The Poem Series: I am not long here

I don’t belong here

I am a torn being
Tugged between two lands
Not giving either my full care.
Seasons change on this domain,
And I move forward, every day,
With desires unfulfilled
With every beat a small step towards
The golden streets of tomorrow

I am not made for here

With Every small victory gained
I look upwards to remind me
I have purpose here
Every breath, every love, every loss, every care, every intimacy and every joy is valid
But will not remain

I am not long here

My Spirit is forever stretching outwards
Towards the heavens
Yearning, and pulling and drawing away from here
But the heaviness of the earth weighs me down
Pulls me back, and in turn reminds me
That one day it will let me go

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

Couch to 5k weeks 8-9: I did it!

I did it! I completed the Couch to 5k program!

So now, 2.5 months after my first run (3.4k in 30 minutes of running and mostly walking) I can run a 5k in 29 minutes. I am super proud of myself (but also super keen to improve my time).

In the time since I have started I have
  • Bought new running shoes
  • Run at least 3-4 times a week
  • Been motivated to do other strength/HIIT workouts from home (you tube videos.)
  • Started drinking protein shakes after running after learning about the benefits of them
  • Learnt a LOT more about fitness, different types of workouts, how to stay fit etc
  • Learnt that my limits are NOT what my mind thinks they are (and that's gotta help every area of life.)

I'm looking forward to
  • Doing the 'Bridge to 10k' program
  • Running a 7k race in February (goal time: under 42 minutes)
  • Completing Jillian Michaels 6 weeks to 6 pack program 
  • Doing a whole lot of these workouts, especially the HIIT and kettleball ones
  • Maybe running a 10k in June
All in all, Couch to 5k is totally awesome, and has completely changed my perspective on my limits and on my health. Go try it!

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